What year did Iowa require coroners (or whomever) to file death
certificates? AND, under normal circumstances, does each County have the
certificates for people that died in that same county? or does the State
maintain the records?
Cindy, I have a "Request for a Certified Copy of an Iowa Vital Record" form.
The reverse side of the form states:
IN IOWA, official registration of births, deaths and marriages began July 1,
1880. All original records that have been registered are on file with the
Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Records. Statewide record
searches are available from the state registrar. Local registrars are
located in county recorders offices and maintain records of birth, death and
marriages that have occurred in that county. County registrars, however, do
not have code authority to have on record: single-parent births prior to
July 1, 1995; adoptions; any record ordered seal by a court of law; or
birth, death, and marriages between the years 1921 to 1941.
Fee for certified copies was $10 in 1999, payable by check or money order.
Phone order requests using a credit card may be made at 515-281-4944, (as of
1999). Extra $5 fee for use of Credit Card. Requests for the purpose of
family history take at least 60 days, regardless of method of request, (mail
or in person).
Written requests may be addressed to:
Iowa Department of Public Health
Bureau of Vital Records
Lucas State Office Building, 1st Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Hope this information helps.